I have chosen a career path in business administration, I am eager to learn the skills to aide me in owning my own salon. Owning my own salon has been a dream of mine since I witnessed my mother run a very busy salon with ease. The poise and knowledge that she expressed pushed me to be a strong educated in a professional world. I am going to enlighten you on some key components to being a cosmetologist. Being a cosmetologist is the first step to managing and then owning my own salon.
Skills and requirements are one of the most important factors to have a great licensed salon, of course a business license is required to run a business, but each cosmetologist has to have a license. Obtaining a license varied by state but begins with being a high school graduate and at least 16 years of age. Also, you have to complete the required amount of hours in a state licensed barber or cosmetology school. Following the completion of the required state classroom and hands on training hours, you must take a state licensing exam that is administered by the state board.
Some necessary components to succeeding as a cosmetologist are “creativity, customer service skills, being a listener, stamina, and great time management.”(US Dept. of Labor, 2012.) Being able to keep up with the latest trends will be a great way to express your creativity to your clients. Portraying the look that your client desires takes having a great deal of listening to understand completely the look that your client is asking to see. A cosmetologist has an extremely vigorous schedule and requires you to be on your feet for more than eight hours at a time. Having extreme stamina is a must in the fast paced environment of a salon. Seeing as though you will have many clients in a single day time management skills will be on of your most important qualities. Many cosmetologist will have to consistently work on more than one client at once.
I am from Virginia so, I am going to inform you on the steps and other tools that are need to become a licensed cosmetologist. “When getting a Virginia cosmetology license or other beauty practitioner certification, you must attend a licensed school and complete the state of Virginia’s minimum required training hours and then take the state’s cosmetology board exams.”(Physioc, 2013.) Becoming a cosmetologist take many hours and pure dedication to learning the trade. A total of 1500 hours of classroom and hands on training time must be completed. Also, 3000 hours of working side-by-side with a licensed cosmetologist for an in-depth apprentice is required. “Full time programs in barbering and cosmetology usually last 9 month and may lead to an associate’s degree.” (US Dept. OD Labor, 2012.)
Cosmetology is a very rewarding profession, you are able to help people feel the best about themselves. Many customers feel that it is necessary to “tip” a cosmetologist, it is a gesture that makes a cosmetologist feel more rewarded and adds to the salary of the stylist....